“I’m wearing cook’s pants,” Amah Ayivi says, pointing at his slender checkered trousers. Earlier in the morning, they caused some confusion at the bakery where he buys his morning croissant. He laughs at the memory. Whether in partial chef uniform or not, Ayivi attracts attention. Even now, while seated in a Parisian café just down the street from his showroom, three people and a dog greet him warmly within an hour. Today, paired with his trousers are a slim white T-shirt, a gray-and-white hat and plastic jellies. He has a vast assortment of silver rings on all fingers, including one that declares ART COMES FIRST (from the eponymous brand), several from Morocco and Niger plus a woman’s ring by American jeweler Ginette that lives on his pinky. His style reveals his sense of limitlessness. “People have this idée arrêtée”—fixed idea, ” he says. “For me, you can wear whatever you This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty Buy Now Related Stories Entrepreneur Fashion Issue 22 Occupational Hazards A uniform has the power to command something of its wearer and, in turn, from the world. Entrepreneur Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson Meet the founders of acclaimed lighting design studio Apparatus. Entrepreneur Efe Cakarel Meet the MUBI founder, who uses tastemakers around the world to create a better film streaming platform. Entrepreneur Francesca Bonato Meet the founder of a mini hotel empire on the Yucatán Peninsula. Entrepreneur Maayan Zilberman Meet the candy maker inspired by her study of sculpture. Entrepreneur Issue 34 Day in the Life: Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey Meet the Mexico City-based “weed tía” who’s balancing entrepreneurship with activism in her booming, inequitable industry.